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Carolyn FortinoSep 27, 2017, 8:52 pmSep 28, 2017, 7:24 am

Plans to privatize Westchester County Airport on hold

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and the Board of Legislators will wait until November to move forward

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Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and the county Board of Legislators will wait until November to move forward with plans to privatize Westchester County Airport.

A six-member task force, including three legislators and three representatives from Astorino's office are currently vetting proposals from three possible firms, but add that the decision won't be an easy one.

"We're in the middle of the process," said Chairman of the Board of Legislators Michael Kaplowitz. "And given the size, the $100M plus, 40 years, the complexity of the plans, the impact on communities and aviation public. We want to make sure we get this one right."

Astorino believes that privatization is the correct move, allowing the county to cut a deal with the operator to free up money for the general fund. But for now, members of the task force say there simply wasn't enough time.

"It then needs to come down to the Board of LEgislators who are going to want to do their own due diligence before it goes to a vote, and that is never happening in six weeks," said Mary Jane Shimsky of the Airport Task Force.

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